Court stays felling of trees for Metro 3 project
Mumbai - The Mumbai High Court on Thursday stayed the felling of trees to facilitate the Metro 3 project that will run across the city from Colaba-Bandra-Seepz.
The Save Trees organisation had approached the court, arguing that the Metro 3 project could take off even without trees being cut down in the city. The court has now decreed that no tree shall be felled till the next directive. The stay has come as a major setback to the Metro 3 project and its parent the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, which has started working on the project in right earnest.
According to Zoru Bathena of the Save Trees organisation, the court has also directed the setting up of a committee to check whether the project can be implemented without the cutting down of any trees. Save Trees had filed the petition to protest the proposed felling of trees in the Cuffe Parade and Churchgate areas. However, the court has included the entire city's 5012 trees, including those in the sensitive Aarey colony area in the directive issued on Thursday.
MMRC officials have however refused to comment on the issue, saying they still have not received the court order.
Can the Metro 3 project proceed to keep the city's trees intact? That is a question only time can answer.